For 2021, LEGO will once again release a trio of sets to commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities!
Update: Check out my review of 80107 Spring Lantern Festival!
Following on from the excellent 2020 Chinese New Year sets, LEGO is once again tapping into China’s rich history and tradition with 2 LEGO sets – 80106 Story of Nian and 80107 Spring Lantern Festival, as well as a DUPLO set 10943 Happy Childhood Moments.
LEGO have revealed these sets at Shanghai’s China International Import Expo. 80106 Story of Nian and 80107 Spring Lantern Festival has a release date of 1 January 2021 in China and Asia Pacific, followed by a wider release worldwide on 10 January 2021.
They will have a wide release, with the sets being available on LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and most specialty toy retailers.
The LEGO Duplo Happy Childhood Moments set will be available across LEGO branded retail stores and LEGO.com globally from January 1st 2021
LEGO 80106 Story of Nian
80106 Story of Nian is a great piece celebrating the myth of the Nian Monster, a ferocious monster that terrorises a village, before the villagers discover that they can scare it away with festive red clothing, firecrackers and bright lights – which of course, is a core part of the Chinese New Year celebration.
The set features a highly detailed Nian Monster (fun fact: Nian also means “year” in Chinese) which looks incredibly, and I love the bright colours and teal elements used. 2
The build includes a traditional Chinese walls and gateway to the village, and the minifigures included have to “defend” and scare away the Nian monster with fireworks and torches.
2021 is also the year of the Ox, and we get also get this minifigure here with a Cow/Bull’s helmet which looks brilliant!
Check out the full image gallery below
LEGO 80107 Spring Lantern Festival
80107 Spring Lantern Festival recreates the magical atmosphere of the festival which marks the end of the lunar new year celebrations. It features a brick-built Chinese garden with moon gates, pavilion, pond and bridge, a special ox lantern illuminated by a LEGO light brick as well as other must-have items during the festival like a rabbit lantern and a Tang Yuan rice ball.
To inspire children to learn more about Chinese traditions when building, illustrations are telling the legendary stories of Nian. The Lantern Festival is added on the building instructions of the two sets, which is the first time this kind of feature appears in the LEGO Chinese Traditional Festival theme.
Check out the image gallery below
10943 Happy Childhood Memories
Not forgetting younger builders, I’m really pleased to see a Duplo set as well, with scenes that call back to the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set.
The new elements such as the kettle, China and rocking horse are really cool, and the addition of red envelopes are also a really nice touch.
Via LEGO’s Newsroom
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